MAC Meeting: Meet the Speakers

2011 MAC/MLA Annual Meeting

Capitalize On Our StrengthsOctober 10-12, 2011, Richmond, VA

Meeting Keynote

Tuesday, October 11, 9:15 – 10:15 a.m.

Lisa Gualtieri, PhD, ScM

Adjunct Clinical Professor, Health Communication Program

Tufts University School of MedicineHealthcare consumers are going online before, after, and instead of doctor’s visits. Use of the web and social media for health education and support is increasing especially with the proliferation of mobile devices, but without a commensurate increase in health literacy skills. In this talk, learn how medical librarians can use their skills to help healthcare consumers and medical professionals to find and use online resources.

Speaker Bio

Lisa Gualtieri is an assistant professor at Tufts University School of Medicine, where she teaches courses on Online Consumer Health, Social Media and Health, and Web Strategies for Health Communication. She received an Innovations in Education grant from the medical school to investigate the use of social media in medical school courses.

A frequent conference speaker, she presented “Communicating the Experience of Illness through Patient Blogs” at the CDC Health Communication, Marketing, and Media Conference and a keynote on “The Future of Online Consumer Health” at the Medical Library Association ePatient Symposium.

She writes a blog( about health and consults with healthcare organizations to improve their use of the web and social media. Dr. Gualtieri earned a PhD in computer science from Harvard University.

General Topic Program

Tuesday, October 11, 1:45 – 3:00pm

Capitalize on Our Strengths

Everyday leadership is about workplace and career success in difficult times, but it is different from your professional expertise, education, and experience as a medical and academic librarian. Join us in evaluating six characteristics of leadership that can benefit you, your employees, colleagues, executives, and library customers. Learn how you can use leadership skills to elicit the best from others, promote the library to your larger institution, and build better working relationships with economic and political decision makers.

Speaker Bio

Pat Wagner is a Denver-based trainer and consultant who has worked for libraries since 1978. She has ten years’ experience as a MLA CE trainer and almost 20 years’ designing and facilitating leadership programs for academic and special libraries. She is a frequent speaker at MLA chapter and affiliate meetings, as well as state and national library conferences. She is known for her good-humored and practical programs.

Closing Speaker & Book signing

Wednesday, October 12, 11:30 a.m.

Molly Bishop Shadel

Associate Professor of Law

University of Virginia School of Law

The Art of Verbal Persuasion:  How to Do It Well“[A]t a funeral, most people would rather be the guy in the coffin than have to stand up and give a eulogy.”  Jerry Seinfeld

Public speaking is a skill that all professionals must master, including medical librarians.  You must be able to articulate ideas succinctly and persuasively in order to communicate ideas in meetings, train younger colleagues, impress supervisors, and make the case to decision-makers (like the dean setting your budget) that there is value in what you do.  But many people find themselves tongue-tied when confronted with a live audience.  Public speaking can be an intimidating exercise, but it doesn’t have to be.  With a little advance preparation (and a little more rehearsal), anyone can become an effective public speaker.  Molly Bishop Shadel, a lawyer and professor of oral advocacy from the University of Virginia School of Law, will speak about how to improve your oral presentation skills.  A book signing of her recent publication, Tongue-Tied America:  Reviving the Art of Verbal Persuasion, will follow the presentation.

Speaker Bio

Molly Bishop Shadel is a professor of oral advocacy and public speaking at the University of Virginia School of Law.  She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with an A.B. in English and American literature and language. She earned her law degree from Columbia University, where she served as a Note Editor for the Columbia Law Review and was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.  Shadel clerked for the Hon. Eugene H. Nickerson, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York.  She practiced law in the litigation department of Covington & Burling in the Washington and New York offices, and also in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Intelligence Policy and Review, where she represented the United States on terrorism-related matters before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. She joined the faculty at the University of Virginia in 2004.  Prior to attending law school, Shadel studied theater at Northwestern University’s M.F.A. directing program and directed plays professionally in New York.  She is the co-author (with Robert N. Sayler) of the book Tongue-Tied America:  Reviving the Art of Verbal Persuasion (Aspen Publishers, 2011). Reply Reply to all Forward

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